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Career in Eye Care Practical Compared to Rising Tuition Costs
Date:12/16/2009

In one-fourth the time it takes to obtain a bachelor degree, an individual can begin working and become certified as an ophthalmic assistant.

(Vocus) December 16, 2009 -- According to "Measuring Up 2008: The National Report Card on Higher Education" by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, “increases in college tuition have outpaced price increases in other sectors of the economy.”¹ Since 1982, the national price of college has risen nearly 450% in current dollar prices. The deterioration of college affordability is forcing students and future professionals to get smarter about the educational and training pathways they choose. The burden of long-term loans make employment as an eye care professional a quick and an inexpensive alternative route to career success.

Certified ophthalmic medical personnel (OMP) play a crucial role in the delivery of quality care in the allied health profession. OMP work alongside ophthalmologists and assist in areas such as surgery, patient education, and compliance. In eye care, the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) is the leading international provider of certification and continuing education to ophthalmic personnel. JCAHPO’s mission is to enhance the quality and availability of ophthalmic patient care by promoting the value of qualified allied health personnel and by providing certification and education. The organization currently has nearly 18,000 certificants from around the world.

JCAHPO President William H. Ehlers, MD observes the value of pursuing a career in the ophthalmic allied health profession.

“At many institutions, the cost of higher education is so expensive that it becomes a poor investment in an in
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